Jagex Moderators, also known as Staff Moderators, Jagex Mods, JMods, or admins are employees working for Jagex Ltd. Jagex Moderator accounts are only used for work purposes such as play-testing, debugging, attending surgeries, and dealing with in-game situations. There are currently just under 500 Jagex Moderators.
Jagex Moderator accounts will always have a gold crown () beside their name when in public chat, as well as a gold glow around their posts with a gold avatar background when posting on the forums. Jagex Moderator usernames will always begin with "Mod", with a few exceptions - Ian Gower, Paul Gower, and Andrew Gower's RuneScape names are simply "Ian", "Paul", and "Andrew", respectively. The Gowers are the creators of RuneScape, however the three brothers are no longer employed by Jagex.
The non-player characters Avalani, Wiz Chambers, and Sliske also possess Jagex Moderator accounts, and were used by Jagex employees to post on the forums during the Cryptic Clue Fest II, Tuska Comes, and Sliske's Christmas Adventure events. Additionally, the accounts "Moderator", "Rsguide" and "Sirmodsteve" were former Jmods[source needed].
Jagex has also made it so that players' names cannot begin or have the word 'Mod' in their name to prevent confusion and potential scamming amongst players. One early player created the account "Mod Element" before the restriction was implemented but was later required to change his name. "Mod Element" is now the name of an actual Jagex Moderator. Employees can only login to a Jagex Mod account while connected to Jagex's designated server. They navigate the RuneScape website using a staff portal, a webpage that gives them quick access to moderation tools. Other types of moderators include Player Moderators and Forum Moderators. Some Player and Forum Moderators are Jagex Moderators playing on their personal accounts, although these accounts do not possess any additional powers beyond those that other Player and Forum Moderators have.
Jagex Moderators regularly, usually weekly, run community events for players of RuneScape to participate in. Scheduled JMod events can be found by hovering over the star icon next to the interface clock. They usually last an hour and take place in one specific world.
- Jagex Moderators have the combined abilities of both Forum and Player Moderators, and additional abilities above and beyond which enable them to carry out functions related to their duties, along with other additional abilities not normally available to players.
- Jagex Moderators possess the ability to turn invisible.
- Jagex Moderators have the ability to add or remove items in their inventory (items removed from their inventory via the conventional dropping method disappear instead of being available to other players), modify their skills (and thus their combat level), and teleport to any location in Gielinor by typing with coordinates or ctrl + clicking on a spot at the worldmap (Proven at RuneFest).They also have the ability to teleport players. They may also walk through scenery and onto any terrain, including physical boundaries which would normally block passage, an ability commonly referred to as noclip. Also, Jagex Mods can transform into any NPC. This is how they have custom chatheads in the forums.
- When reporting a Jagex Moderator under Staff Impersonation a message will say "You cannot report that person for Staff Impersonation, they are Jagex Staff. You can spot a Jagex Moderator by the gold crown next to their name. You can report that person under a different rule."
- Players used to be able to trade with and attack Jagex Moderators whenever they wanted, however an update now prevents players from doing so. The change was to prevent players from receiving unfair advantages resulting from a JMod's ability to create any item. If a player were to trade with a Jagex Moderator now, the player would receive the message: "Sorry, but you can't trade with Jagex Moderators." Players can still play against a Jagex Moderator on FunOrb, however. Even though players cannot trade with Jagex Moderators, they can throw a gnomeball to them, but Jagex Moderators can only throw it to other J-Mods. Jagex Moderators have the ability to make themselves vulnerable or invulnerable to player attacks.
- Jagex Mods' chat can be seen on the "Public" channel even if it is set to Off or Hide.
- Gravestones of Jagex Mods cannot be repaired or blessed, and it is not known whether or not other Jagex Mods can do so. It is not known whether or not a Jagex Mod loses items when they die, however since Jagex Moderators can create items using commands, losing them appears fairly irrelevant. It would be apparent that they would not lose items as, since the February 1 update of free trade and wilderness, if you do not make it back to your gravestone before it collapses, your items drop to the ground for others to take.
- When in a clan chat channel, Jagex Moderators have a gold crown icon and abilities comparable to the channel owner.
- When in a Friends Chat, a Jagex Moderator may ban anyone, including the owner.
- During RuneFest, Jagex made it possible to attack and kill all Jagex Moderators in Clan Wars.
- Jagex Moderators have the ability to change their life points, including setting infinite life points. (Confirmed at Zombie Outbreak by Mod Valkyrie.)
- Jagex Moderators have the ability to teleport to any player.
- Jagex Moderators retained the ability to switch worlds without any delay when the 30-second timer existed.
- Jagex Moderators have the ability to teleport short distances by ctrl + clicking on their minimap.
- Jagex Moderators can access member areas while in a free player world.
- Jagex Moderators can also summon the White Knights of the Party Room. This was confirmed by Mod Turtle at the Banish the Revenants event, and Mod Mark H during one of the 10th Anniversary parties.
- Jagex Moderators can also spawn NPC's like during the Rise of the Zombie Monkeys! event or the week before the Vorago update where Scopulus was summoned by Mod Chris L and Mod Pi.
- Jagex Moderators never appear on Hiscores under any circumstances. This is to prevent them abusing their power of changing skill levels to be ranked first. Jagex Moderators have appeared on the hiscores on a few occasions, and as recent as 2013, but they have been removed.
- All Jagex Moderator Adventurers' Logs are set to private.
- Jagex Moderators can remove the 'Search for Player's Profile' feature from accounts on the Forums.
- Jagex Moderators have a unique item named rotten potato. This has multiple uses such as healing to full health and allowing access to the bank from anywhere.
- Jagex Moderators can use the Developer console to do lots of different commands that normal players cannot use, such as spawning items and changing stats.
- Jagex Moderators have their own special costume: the Jagex Moderator outfit.
- Jagex Moderators can mute other Jagex Moderators. This was proved at Runefest 2011 on the Dominion Tower test server, all the accounts had Jagex Moderator status and players using the accounts muted each other. Jagex Moderators can also be muted by Player Moderators, and ChatWatch.
- Jagex Moderators could still get random events while they existed.
- Jagex Moderators can permanently ban or mute any player if they break the rules of the game.
- Jagex Moderators combat level appear on red no matter what your combat level is.
- Jagex Moderators can view chat records that have been pushed out of the chatbox by other messages.
- Jagex Moderators have an option known as "Insta kill", which can kill Bots instantly and can ban them permanently.
- Jagex Moderators cannot sit on the Throne of Fame.
- Jagex Moderators can private message players even if their online status is set to 'friends' or 'off'.
- Jagex Moderators can place down a unique "J-Mod Event" lodestone which allows any player on the same world to teleport to it by clicking the icon on the Lodestone Network screen.
How to become a Jagex ModeratorEdit
Jagex Moderators are by definition employees of Jagex. Former Jagex CEO Mark Gerhard had this advice for prospective Jagex employees: "Being bright, passionate, creative, hard working and living in the UK (which is where the offices are based) is a distinct advantage... Typically, maths and science are the most sought after skills for our developers... Working for Jagex is not just about your degree but more about identifying with the Jagex culture, which is all about excellence, hard work, passion for games and having fun... we tend to look for bright, hard working people with a passion for games... We tend to employ a lot of people as they leave university, so around 21~22, I would say."
- Mod Paupersen (anagram for 'Made up Person') was a fake Jagex Moderator that was featured in the 2010 April Fools joke.
- ^ RuneScape Game Guide Jagex Moderators[ ]
- ^ Update:New In-Game Player Moderators
- ^ one to one meetings
- ^ Mod Jane. "Q&A Answers 17th Feb." General Forums.
- ^ RuneScape Forums Live Q&A RS Content - Answers, Page 4 [dead link]
- ^ http://services.runescape.com/m=forum/forums.ws?380,381,337,65845318
- ^ Invisible Jagex Mod - Youtube
- ^ a b Gerhard, Mark. Even more answers....... RuneScape Forums, News & Announcements. Jagex. Question: "can a Jagex mod switch there [sic] combat level from combat 3-138 within a few seconds? And then go back to level 3 once again?" Answer: "Yes, Jagex Mods are awesome. Sadly - or perhaps luckily - we can’t use them from home"
- ^ https://twitter.com/JagexSelfie/status/514074569989455873